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Why You Need to Walk the Camino de Santiago

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Camino de Santiago is one of the most popular pilgrimages and general hiking destinations on the planet. That’s no coincidence. There are some great reasons to walk Camino de Santiago. We’ll get into some of them, but remember, there are even more. Getting Away from Everyday Reality The way most people in the developed world…

A Sense of Community on the Appalachian Trail and Camino de Santiago

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“Hey man, is there any way you can come hike with me on the Appalachian Trail?” I anxiously asked all my close friends. “No, I’ve gotta’ work,” was the response I invariably received. “Well, how bout’ just going for a week or two,” I virtually pleaded with most of them. I was distraught. Fortunately the…

How the Magic of the Camino de Santiago Changed Me

It is my belief that the Camino always has something to teach us, whether subtle or profound. Those Those effects may be conscious throughout your journey, or more of a seed that grows slowly into our awareness long after our return. This is not my first time on the Camino, my 3rd tour to be…

Why I am Hiking the Camino Frances Again

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Hello Camino friends I was recently reading the Camino Forums and felt inspired to write a little about my pilgrimage down the Camino Francis and why I chose to hike it again the next year, before I had even finished my first one. I first heard about El Camino de Santiago from a friend whom…

The Days before arriving at Santiago de Compostela

It’s easy to find out how to start off on the trek along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are lots of inspiring pictures showing happy pilgrims making those final steps toward the Cathedral’s double stairway at the end of their pilgrimage. What happens between those two milestones?  I’d like to…

Two Weeks on the Camino de Santiago

A quick trip is not something you can expect from Camino de Santiago. With routes going up to several hundred kilometers, a pilgrimage typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks on foot. If you don’t have the luxury to travel for extended periods, or if you’re unable (or don’t want) to walk long distances, you can…

Camino Primitivo – Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

Stage Five: Primitivo Oviedo to Santiago, May 2nd to May 14th We were flying by now. Yes, our feet still hurt and at the end of the longest day of the whole trip, (41km, a choice so I didn’t have to stay in a dormitory…), I thought I would die. But the next day our…

Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye then Hondarribia to Oveido

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Stage Three: GR 10 Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye April 5th to April 10th This section wasn’t strictly the Compostela/ Camino. One of our hosts who only allowed you to stay if you carried your pack the whole way told us it would be fine to do this by train, but while we…

Cluny to Le Puy on the Chemin de St Jacques

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Stage One: Chemin de St Jacques Cluny to Le Puy, February 17th to March 3rd It seemed we were destined to walk the Camino. Well, in retrospect. I had six months long service leave and we had a house in France. Okay we could have stayed and enjoyed the local food, wine and terroire but from…